Meet Brittany* (last name omitted to protect her identity). You’ve probably seen her around Exodus, either serving in Exodus Kids or with a following of 3rd-5th grade girls. If you know Brittany, then you’re familiar with her passion for the gospel and her disposition to serve, befriend, and invest in whomever God puts in her path. A heart for the nations and an opportunity is what first took Brittany to East Asia in 2010 after graduating from Charleston Southern University, and that is what is returning her to the people God has impressed upon her heart. Here are just a few…
Meet “T” (name changed to protect anonymity). T works at an East Asian university as a liaison with foreign instructors–English instructors, particularly. These instructors are fervent believers and have shared the gospel with T on numerous occasions. As yet, however, she is not a believer. These foreign instructors care deeply for T, have forged a close relationship with her, and consider her a good friend. Likewise, T has grown quite close to these foreign instructors. She considers them and treats them as her own family, and goes out of her way to protect them from unwanted governmental attention. God is using her to further His kingdom, and these foreign instructors pray for T ’s heart to be softened toward the gospel.” ...that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 4:11).
Meet “S.” During “English Corner”–a time set aside by the university for students to converse with the English teachers–S approaches the foreign instructors and says, “I believe there is a God. Tell me about Him.” And they did. Now S has been “…born again to a living hope…” (1 Peter 1:3).
Meet “C.” C is a believer, as are both of her parents–quite unique in the area. As a freshman entering university, C, with all other freshmen were required to participate in military training. During the first few days, the training officers lined up all the freshmen, and instructed any Christians to step forward. In that one step, C’s faith truly became her own. Facing possibilities, like not graduating, being blacklisted from jobs, expulsion, and even arrest, C stepped forward. From that point forward, despite being watched closely, C has radically grown in Christ, and has a deep thirst for God’s word. C is a true “little sister” in the faith. She has indeed “tasted that the Lord is good…” (1 Peter 2:3).
In February, Brittany will return to East Asia for the next two years to use the gifts God has given her to teach and make disciples among a persecuted people. “…that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light… ” (1 Peter 2:9).
Brittany will be the eighth member of a team teaching English at a local university of more than 15,000 students. With a government monitor present as she teaches, Brittany utilizes our holidays to instruct in both English language and western culture, and as a door to sharing the gospel. Outside of class, she and her team discreetly meet with new believers and answer questions, study scripture, and build relationships. Brittany’s team is closely monitored and therefore rarely meets with native house churches.
The local church in the city where Brittany will serve is comprised of house churches whose identities and locations are closely guarded. The last time Brittany was in East Asia, her team knew of only 12 believers in their city of over 1.5 million people. In an area where believers risk imprisonment for meeting together, the team now knows of at least 75 believers. Despite persecution, the number of believers continues to grow.
So, how can you pray for Brittany? She asks that her Exodus family would:
- “Pray that I would find community quickly–with other westerners and nationals.
- Pray that I would be bold.
- Pray that the gospel would continue to spread in my city.”